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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) laboratory for the testing of Hazardous Substances established at C-MET, Hyderabad

RoHS Regulation (Directive 2002/95/EC) enforced w.e.f. July 1, 2006, restricts the manufactures or importers of electrical and electronic equipment to use six banned substances: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE), exceeding certain permissible concentrations. 
An "ISO 17025 accredited Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) laboratory for the testing of Hazardous Substances", has been established at C-MET, Hyderabad with the financial support of  Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India. The facility is now open to offer the services to the industry for RoHS analyses and certification. This is the only RoHS analysis facility established as Government of India laboratory in the country.

Jugaad Innovation: A reference point or Indigenous solution.

For many decades a pipeline bursting with research projects represented innovation potential of an commercial organisation. All research did not result in commercial gains, technology push model was replaced by Stage Gate model  , evaluating technology potency & market attractiveness at every stage and killing lurking disasters  at early stage gained acceptance. Now, with Open Innovation, enterprises look beyond universities and competitors for  supply of ideas/ talent.
In catching up economy like India , innovations initially flowed from Joint ventures , technology acquisition contracts and creative imitation. India is at cross roads ( for long since liberalization & globalization of 90's) ; there are experts who suggest we should learn best practices from Indian MNC R&D centers operating in India. An opposite view also prevails, there are experts who feel that we have something unique to offer to other nations, in the area of Innovation & entrepreneurship. 

Prof Rishikesha
Prof Rishikesha addressed several policy issues in this earlier book `From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation' and now addresses innovation at firm level in his book 8 Steps to Innovation.Co-Author. consultant Vinay codifies his decades of learning from consultancy and training. The book is all about managing idea funnel effectively. Managing idea funnel involves pursuing three goals: one, building and sustaining the idea pipeline, two Improving idea velocity, and three improving the batting average.

Step 1: lay the foundation.A well designed idea management process pays attention to the source of ideas, their scope, the number of stages an idea will go through, the back end technology to be used, the idea selection process and how ideas will be supported and sponsored.
Step2: create a challenge book, where the organization identifies and lists problems, desires, needs .banks on collective wisdom of its people to address them.
Step3: build participation. Motivating individuals to participate in an innovation Programme is an important challenge.
Step 4: experiment with low cost at high speed. And experiment is a planned activity to validate one or more assumptions of an idea. The outcome of experiment is learning.
Step5: go fast from prototyping to incubation. Organizations can help ideas move faster by holding effective innovation reviews an by supporting the incubation of new ideas.
Step 6: iterate on the business model. Use scenarios.
Step7:build an innovation sand box. Identify the boundaries and constraints within which the experimentation takes place.
Step 8: create a margin of safety so that failures do not cripple permanently.
The result is a practical work book and innumerable Indian examples create a can-do feel.
Navi Radjou
The authors of popular book `Jugaad Innovation', Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu & Simone Ahuja project Jugaad as an unique Indian Innovation solution. Some excerpts:
Principles of Jugaad innovation- frugality, flexibility and following yr instincts.
Jugaad mindset- one that is frugal,flexible and sharply focused on outcomes.
Jugaad reflects a rich Indian tradition of ingenuity in the face of challenge.

Jugaad represents a bottom up innovation model that India excels in.
The six principles of Jugaad:
1.Seek opportunity in adversity
2.Do more with less
3.Thank an act flexibly
4.Keep it simple
5.Include the margin
6.Follow your heart.

The supportive illustrations include grass root innovators, Airtel of Mittal, Nano car of Tata , open source software company Ushahidi , Newsoft from China and Steve jobs.

In my opinion,the distinguished authors presented a compilation of best innovations from across the globe and label them wrongly under Jugaad.  

what is your view?

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Technologies from NaMET

Several technologies are on offer from NaMPET ( National Mission on Power Electronics Technology), an initiative of TK Sarkar ,implemented at CDAC Trivendrum.

  • Medical Electrical Safety Analyser
  • Grid interactive Solar Photo Voltaic System
  • Power Assisted Bicycle
  • Grid Connected PV Inverter
  • ON Line Double conversion UPS System for Medium / High Capacity range
  • Three phase STATCOM
  • Single Phase STATCOM
  • Unified Power Quality Controller.

Technologies and Products developed under BIRAC

Several technologies in Healthcare and Agriculture are developed under BIRAC.

  • A rapid cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic device with microPCR to diagnose multiple diseases presently Malaria, Dengue & Typhoid developed -Bigtec Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore is ready for market.
  • Device for execution procedure for tumor ablation using Maxico (The Integrated planning navigation and Training Platform for Tumor Ablation) launched in the market - Perfint Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
  • Immunodiagnostic kit for detection of autoimmune diseases developed - Amar Immunodiagnostics Pvt.Ltd.
  • Affordable fluorescence reader for point-of-care diagnostics being developed - Design Innova, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi.
  • DX Phone - Software platform for using mobile phone to analyse blood glucose test strips - Janacare Solutions Pvt. Ltd., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital.
  • Insect pest and virus resistance tomato -Advanta India Ltd., Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi (IARI).
  • Insect pest resistant Brinjal - Sri Biotech Laboratories India Ltd., University of Delhi South Campus.
  • Virus resistant Okra - Nirmal Seeds Pvt. Ltd., University of Delhi South Campus.

Development and Transfer of Technology from Queensland University of Technology, Australia to India for Bio-fortification and Disease Resistance in Banana

Queensland University of Technology, Australia has developed bio-fortified banana under the Grand Challenges in Global Health Program to alleviate vitamin A and iron deficiency in Uganda. They have also developed technologies related to Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) and Fusarium Wilt resistance in banana. QUT is willing to share these technologies with India.  An agreement was signed between BIRAC on the behalf of Government of India and QUT, Australia for “Development and Transfer of Technology from Queensland University of Technology, Australia to India for Bio fortification and Disease Resistance in Banana” on 24th August, 2012.
For details:BIRAC